plural noun
Po·​lyp·​o·​ra·​les | \ pəˌlipəˈrā(ˌ)lēz; ˌpälēp-, ˌpälə̇p- \

Definition of Polyporales

: an order of basidiomycetous fungi (subclass Homobasidiomycetes) that is often included in Agaricales and that includes chiefly saprophytic fungi (as of wood) typically with shelflike or resupinate fruiting bodies which have a smooth or wrinkled often porose hymenium — compare clavariaceae, hydnaceae , polyporaceae

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New Latin, from Polyporus + -ales

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“Polyporales.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Polyporales. Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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